This season, it's been hard to put a finger on the Sacramento Kings. They’re currently tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the longest-active losing streak in the NBA, having dropped their last nine-straight contests. Before that, they had a five-game winning streak. To be quite frank: this team has been consistently inconsistent from top to bottom... except for De’Aaron Fox.
Yes, the one everybody calls “Swipa” is tearing this league up, even if the Ws aren’t coming along with his dominance. Fox is the only player in the Association averaging at least 29 points and 6 assists post-All-Star break. Among guards, he’s eighth in usage rate (31.8%), fifth in steals per game (1.9) and third to Anthony Edwards and Russell Westbrook in total possessions (1,564) during that span.
Saying the Kings have been reliant on Fox since the break would be an understatement, but this has been the story all season. His offensive output has been necessary for them to stay afloat because the team’s defense has been downright awful, as evidenced by the eye test and every metric out there (traditional and advanced).
Sacramento was showing signs of improvement and the team stopped “playing soft” in mid-January, when Luke Walton and Co. ripped off seven wins in eight games. As it would turn out, the first nine-game losing streak of the season would follow. This squad couldn't be more Jekyll and Hyde.